Reminiscing with Ratke

Reminiscing With Ratke | The Year Of The KAT

by Kyle Ratke, Digital Content Manager

Digital Content Manager


At this time last year, we were debating on who would be the Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell or Jahlil Okafor.

Of course, now that exercise seems like a waste of time. Towns emerged as not only the best rookie in the NBA last season, but also emerged as one of the best players, period. 

Towns averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game as a 20 year old. 

Those Timberwolves fans in Minnesota or elsewhere who saw Towns play knew he was going to be really, really good. 

Now the rest of the basketball community is jumping on the bandwagon.

This summer has been a busy one for Towns. He played video games with Michael Phelps and Marshawn Lynch. Sources tell us that he actually got Lynch to answer a question. He cheered on his teammates in Las Vegas at Summer League. He was named to Team 2K17 and is even the cover athlete for the new 2K17 mobile app. The video game rated him 88 overall, which would have been tied with Marc Gasol for first among centers last season. And just earlier this week, Sports Illustrated named Towns the 23rd best player in the NBA, a mark some would argue is too low.

Of course, this doesn’t mean a whole lot. I have a feeling Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau would say the same thing. All of those other things are nice, but without stellar play and winning, none of that matters. 

And that’s the best part. Because Towns agrees!  

The Wolves have one of the good guys. This is going to be a very fun career to follow. The scary part for the rest of the NBA is that it’s just starting.

Wiffle Ball Championship

You read that right.

For third straight year, our Timberwolves and Lynx crew will be representing the team at Target Field to play in the Positive Coaching Alliance Wiffle Ball Classic Championships.

How have we done the previous two years? That’s not important. Did I strike out four times in a game last season? Again, stop asking these dumb questions. Not important.

We play on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. against Garder WMPA.

You can follow our day here

By the way, playing wiiffle ball at Target Field is freaking awesome. Big thanks to the PCA and our Jeff Munneke for setting all of this up for us. 

The Lynx Are Still Really, Really Good 

With two games left in the WNBA schedule, the Lynx are 26-6 and have already clinched homecourt advantage for the entire playoffs. 

That’s important because it gives head coach Cheryl Reeve the chance to rest some of her veterans down the stretch. It would also give the Lynx a bye in the first two rounds of the playoffs, a HUGE advantage.

If you remember right, seeding is 1-8, regardless of conference. Teams will also be reseeded after each round.

Here are the standings as of Sept. 15:

  1. Lynx
  2. Sparks
  3. Liberty
  4. Sky
  5. Fever
  6. Dream
  7. Storm
  8. Mercury

All teams but Phoenix have clinched. The Washington Mystics are just one game back from the Mercury. No Diana Taurasi in the playoffs? What a time to be alive. 

Tickets for Game 1 and Game 2 at the Excel Energy Center are now on sale. Get them while you still can.

Well, that’s all for now. When you’re reading this next week, maybe I’ll be a wiffle ball legend. Or maybe I’ll never talk about it again.

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